Cheera Upperi ~ Amaranth Stir Fry

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Moving to the final recipe for the Blogging Marathon #74 under the theme “Quick and Easy Stir fries”, I chose to post this super simple yet goodness loaded amaranth leaves stir fry aka “Cheera Upperi”.

 

I have always said that I feel blessed to stay in a country like UAE where you get abundant supply of produce any time of the year. Umma would wait to come here to have her share of amaranth leaves. Amaranth is said to be power house of iron and is have a lot of vitamins and minerals in it. Back home, she says that the leaves are so heavily sprayed with pesticides that you can’t eat them at all. Attempts to grow them in our backyard have been futile too. D is trying his best to turn the barren land around our house into a little patio. So far, he has had mixed reactions but I am sure his interest and hardwork will definitely show colors some time soon, InShaAllah. πŸ™‚ Nature is such that if you work hard on it, it comes back and rewards you later.

 

Even though I am not a fan of amaranth leaves, I normally eat it mixed into my rice. I even do that when I made drumstick leaves stir fry too. πŸ˜€ I have noticed that even Azza does that with her stir fries. It ensures that the greens and vegetables safely land up into the body, isn’t it? I am calling this an upperi, since the coconut used is minimal. You can even add fried chana dal to this stir fry for an extra bite. Off to the recipe…

 

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Cheera Upperi ~ Amaranth Stir Fry

Course Vegetarian
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches of amaranth leaves
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 green chillies slit
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup grated coconut

Instructions

  • Soak the amaranth leaves, wash well.
  • Remove the thick stems and separate the leaves. You can keep the small and thin stems. Chop them coarsely and set aside.
  • Heat coconut oil in a large saucepan, splutter the mustard seeds.
  • Fry the green chillies and curry leaves briefly.
  • Add the chopped leaves, turmeric and red chilli powders and give it a good mix. Sprinkle the salt, close the lid and cook on low flame stirring occasionally.
  • You will start seeing the leaves shrink. Cook till almost done. If you feel there is liquid in the pan, cook on open lid.
  • Add the coconut and cook for a further five minutes. Switch off.
  • Serve hot with rice and gravy.

 

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing this BM#74

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  1. I love this marathon you are having, all easy to make recipes!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Nammi…

  2. Am crazy about this healthy greens, my all time favourite stir fry, just love it.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priyaakka…

  3. Wish I could find amaranth leaves over here…used to have them daily..so delicious and healthy.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

  4. I love what you have made. Its more like a comfort food for me.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Shanaz…

  5. Stir fry with Amarnath leaves looks great! Must have tasted yummy.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Sarita…

  6. helloooo…..long time alle ? Btw how can u say that u are not fan of cheera..I will die for it. My most favourite veggie in the whole wide world…sadly I don’t get it here πŸ™ Myabe I should try and get some seeds and try growing it here in summer.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Ooo welcome welcome! πŸ™‚ Not that I am not a fan of cheera, but I am no hater too… I do eat it, but just that I eat it mixed up with my rice rather than alone… Hehe… Thank you so much Vinee…

  7. yummy…love this, but we do not get red cheera here…….

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Shabbu…

  8. I have yet to try these greens, dont know if I get them here., but the dish looks nice and healthy.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Vaishali…

  9. Priya @asmallbite
    Healthy share ,wish to try it soon…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Priya…

  10. That’s good to have the greens all around the year.Yummy & healthy stir fry.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sandhiya…

  11. Ohh I love this stir fry… This used to be my favorite as a kid… I miss having it now… my mom grows this in her kitchen garden and we get to have it all pesticide free when I get home

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anupa… Cheera is best from the home garden for sure…

  12. I love red cheera but ages since I have had it. The pictures look really nice too

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Rajani…

  13. Looks delicious

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Sushma…

  14. What an nutritious and delicious amaranth curry. Never tried it with coconut — sounds awesome.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Pavani…

  15. Love these simple and healthy stir fry. Great share

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Srividhya…

  16. My favourite… I love to have plain rice with chuvanna cheera upperi.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Indu…

  17. Just love these kinds of stir fries. Simple to make n lovely to look at

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Archanaji…

  18. Such an healthy dish with greens..would love to have this along with rice and sambar!..very nicely one..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Srivalli…

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